US swimmer rescued by coach from bottom of pool after fainting at world championships


American swimmer Anita Alvarez breathes a sigh of relief on Thursday after her coach dramatically rescued her when the athlete passed out and sank to the bottom of the pool in the middle of her routine on Wednesday night.

The dramatic scenes unfolded at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, as 25-year-old Alvarez was competing in the women’s solo freestyle final and suddenly lost consciousness, sinking her to the bottom of the pool. competition pool.

A member of the USA team swims to retrieve American Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool during an incident during the women’s freestyle solo artistic swimming final at the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on June 22, 2022.

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Andrea Fuentes, Alvarez’s trainer, immediately dove into the water and was able to pull Alvarez to the surface before the swimmer was taken for medical treatment on a stretcher as the rest of the US team watched, who watched the competition inside the arena. clearly shaken by the ordeal.

“Anita is doing well,” Fuentes said in a statement after the terrifying incident. “Doctors have checked all vital signs and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is well.”

PHOTO: A member of the USA team picks up American Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool during an incident during the Women's Freestyle Solo Artistic Swimming final at the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on 22 June 2022.

A member of the USA team picks up Anita Alvarez of the USA from the bottom of the pool during an incident during the women’s freestyle artistic swimming solo final at the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on June 22, 2022 .

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Fuentes continued: “Sometimes we forget that this happens in other high endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross… we’ve all seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them get there. Our sport is no different from any other, just in a pool we push the limits and sometimes we find them.

Even after having to be rescued, Alvarez still managed to finish the competition in seventh place with a final score of 87.6333.

PICTURED: Anita Alvarez of Team USA is cared for by medical staff after her performance in the women's solo freestyle final on day six of the FINA World Championships Budapest 2022 on June 22, 2022 in Budapest, in Hungary.

Anita Alvarez of Team USA is attended to by medical staff following her performance in the Women’s Solo Freestyle Final on day six of the FINA World Championships Budapest 2022 on June 22, 2022 in Budapest, Budapest Hungary.

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Alvarez suffered a similar event at the FINA Olympic Games artistic swimming qualification tournament in Barcelona in June 2021 when she passed out during competition and Fuentes again came to her immediate aid in the pool. on this occasion.

PICTURED: Anita Alvarez of Team USA competes in the women's solo freestyle final on day six of the FINA World Championships Budapest 2022 on June 22, 2022, in Budapest, Hungary.

Anita Alvarez of Team USA competes in the women’s solo freestyle final on day six of the FINA World Championships Budapest 2022 on June 22, 2022, in Budapest, Hungary.

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As of now, however, a decision on whether or not Alvarez will continue in this year’s competition has yet to be made.

“Anita feels fine now and the doctors also say she is fine,” Fuentes concluded. “Tomorrow she will rest all day and decide with the doctor whether or not she can swim the free team finals. Thank you for all your best wishes for Anita.”

PHOTO: Members of the United States team react as swimmer Anita Alvarez receives medical treatment during the women's solo freestyle final at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary June 22, 2022.

Members of the United States team react as swimmer Anita Alvarez receives medical treatment during the women’s solo freestyle final at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on June 22, 2022.

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